Minecraft Map Of BRITAIN: 22 Bn Blocks Used To Create Interactive Map

The Minecraft map of BRITAIN: 22 billion blocks are used to create the virtual world that even includes well-known landmarks

Ordnance Survey used 22 billion blocks from the popular building sport

The 3D interactive map covers mainland UK and surrounding islands

Every block represents 50 sq. metres and the map covers the equal of 220,000 square kilometres

By Victoria Woollaston

Printed: 14:02 BST, 30 October 2013 | Updated: 15:59 BST, 5 March 2014




Standard building recreation Minecraft already lets users create their very own worlds, but a brand new 3D gaming map now lets them discover the whole of the UK and construct new settlements in their virtual again gardens.

Minecraft Britain was constructed using Ordnance Survey maps of the UK as a base and was constructed using 22 billion building blocks from the sport.

It covers the equal of 86,000 square miles of mainland Nice Britain and the encircling islands and every block represents 50 square metres.

Ordnance Survey used 22 billion blocks from the favored building recreation Minecraft to create the 3D interactive map of mainland UK and its surrounding islands. The OS Minecraft world covers the equivalent of 86,000 square miles. This picture reveals the Minecraft model of Stonehenge in Wiltshire

This is how the Stonehenge landmark in Wiltshire looks in the real world

To assist players navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has additionally printed a listing of coordinates to various UK markers, together with Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

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The map was built utilizing OS OpenData - maps and mapping instruments that Ordnance Survey lets builders use to develop different maps.

Minecraft was created in 2009. In the beginning of the sport, a player is put right into a 'just about infinite game world.'

They'll then walk round completely different terrains, together with mountains, forests and caves.

Players can even fly up within the air for a birds-eye view of the panorama.

Players are given blocks and instruments to construct towns and cities. As a participant progresses they can earn superior instruments and building blocks in numerous supplies.

The sport was initially made for the Computer however there at the moment are Xbox 360 and mobile versions out there.

For each a hundred x one hundred km grid sq., developers from Ordnance Survey used height info for various buildings and landmarks.

The left-hand picture shows the Minecraft model of Snowdonia, while the best-hand picture reveals how the North Wales mountain range appears to be like in real-life. As a result of the peak of many buildings and landmarks within the UK is taller than Minecraft's built-in peak limit, builders scaled them down so they'd match

Minecraft launched in 2009. In the beginning of the game, a participant is put into a 'nearly infinite recreation world.' They can then walk around and construct towns and cities. The sport was initially made for the Pc but there are now Xbox 360 and cell versions accessible, pictured


Players need a licensed copy of Minecraft and round 5GB disk area on their Computer.

The world covers approximately 3.6GB uncompressed and desires a minimum 4GB of memory.

To put in the map, players ought to download the Minecraft-GB.zip archive

Unzip the archive to a short lived location. https://ntzsw8.com/ in a browser and observe the installation instructions.

They then loaded pictures of all UK locations from the OS VectorMap District information.

Each 20 x 20 pixel area of the map was analysed so the developers could select the right colour, materials and size of block.

The raw top knowledge was stored in metres, which means the developers had been scaled down to suit throughout the 256-block height limit in Minecraft.

Ben Nevis, for example, has a top of around 2,500 metres and this was transformed into 128 blocks excessive.

Ordnance Survey stated in a blog publish: 'Although this exaggerates the real-world height, it preserves low-lying coastal features reminiscent of Bournemouth's cliffs, adding interest to the landscape.'

Developers used diamond blocks for motorways, emerald blocks for A roads and pumpkin blocks for B roads. Water, forests and constructed-up areas were created utilizing the standard water, leaves and brick blocks.

Following this, groups of 32 x 32 chunks known as areas have been created and assembled together. Ordnance Survey mentioned the entire process took around seven hours.

The River Thames in East London is pictured. Ordnance Survey stated the entire mapping process took around seven hours to finish. Every 20 x 20 pixel region of the map was analysed so the builders could choose the right color, material and size of block

These photographs show a birds-eye view of Minecraft London with the River Thames flowing through the centre, left, and a satellite view of the same space of the Thames, right. To help gamers navigate the interactive world, Ordnance Survey has printed a listing of coordinates to numerous UK location, obtainable inside the sport

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